Top 10 Most Useless Math Concepts

You learn a lot of supposedly important stuff in mathematics. PEMDAS, algebra, sales tax...then there are some lessons that do nothing to expand your understanding of the world. Will you need them in real life? Probably not. Maybe if you're an engineer or computer scientist, but for everything else in life...likely not. So now that I've dragged on long enough about stuff you're not even gonna read, here are the math concepts you least need in life.

The Top Ten

Geometric Proofs

This has got to be one of the most useless things I've ever encountered whenever I am doing math. It's a massive pain in the bottom, I can assure you that. - Kevinsidis

For Those saying "This is useless." or "When will I ever use this.", it's not about when will you use, it's about IF you will use.

Math is by far my most favorite life skill, simply because how god damn useful it is. Stop complaining and actually learn it. Use it to your advantage. You'll be glad you did.

I will learn it next year. I want to be some sort of video game developer or a pro gamer. So this subject is totally pointless.

You don't really need to know how to prove that one line is parallel to another. The steps in proofs are absolutely useless, and don't need this in the real world. I mean, who draws two triangles and tries to prove that they're parallel? That's right, obviously not you. And probably not your friend. Or your dad. Or your grandpa.

Algebra

"Thinking abstractly" causes people to "overthink". This is an issue with kids fresh out of college these days, life isn't that difficult and yet you're making it difficult because algebra taught you to think that way!

Quite honestly, the most pointless and useless class I have ever taken in university was linear algebra. Doing matrices on paper has virtually no application or development skills unless you're a 2nd century Roman farmer trying to sort wheat amongst buyers. All linear algebra is done on computers because humans just can't compute matrices fast enough to actually be useful. Waste of time, money, and health.

Algebra II, the common core lesson that results in several dropouts every year. Yes, I covered branches of Algebra II, but you know, there are other branches that lead to nothing but stress you shouldn't have to learn. So yes, it can get its full mention as a useless topic that really shouldn't be mandatory to pass college.

When are we ever gonna use it - blackflower

Calculus

More applicable than algebra and not as abstract but still ridiculous

They say it's important for modern science and engineering. However, it's been seen that in modern computer science they make almost no use of calculus, rather discrete maths instead. Not to add that with every generation there seems to be less people wanting take up computer science. Oh well!

Outside of Engineering and computer science when would you use this? - Randomator

Aside from the fact that engineering and computer science are the most preferred fields to have a career in, calculus being literally the study of change of quantities can be used in various fields - styLIShT

F this thing

Polynomials

Really? WHEN am I going to use this and most importantly HOW will I apply this in real life? What situation?

How exactly do you do these again? I don't really know how exactly they apply to the real world. Maybe we're constantly surrounded by them and just shun them out, but it's not exactly something to consider. Polynomials seem to be a huge issue for students, and are just a roadblock you could do without.

Wish me luck imma bout to fail the test because of this.

Probability

I don't gamble. But if I do, the probability will always be the same:.01% you win, 99.9% you lose.

This is my weakest area on math. I'm also good at math though. - Kevinsidis

Polynomial Long Division

Again with the polynomials (slams head on keyboard). And Long Division? Really? Just the concept of long division is pointless in 2020, who doesn't constantly carry a computer around with them? (*cough* your phone with the built in calculator *cough*)

I've managed to acquire much easier ways to divide polynomials. But let's not get into that, considering I'm not a math professor. Point being, you don't need to do all those long steps to divide polynomials, considering there are easier ways to get through that you hopefully learned in your freshman year of high school.

Quadratic Equations

Unless I'm having to solve an issue for profit in a business, I shouldn't have to predict how far someone can shoot an arrow across a field. Just release the damn arrow already and see for yourself!

This is so ridiculously useless that I properly cry when it has to be used in a word problem

Basically, you are just wasting your tuition fee...

pointless

Logarithms

I think my life is easier because I don't know how to solve logs... If I knew or enjoyed doing this kind of math I'd consider myself clinically insane and needing to be in a straitjacket

Your points are well taken. Particularly at the high-school level, it's nearly impossible to gain comprehension of higher math given the limited instructional time available. It takes months if not years to fully grasp the underlying concepts and theories alone. And little if any time is spent imparting understanding of the real-world applications of such disciplines, which would go far in generating sufficient interest to apply oneself.

I really don't know how to imply this to a regular daily life. Heck, I don't even understand how to do these at all! Like most would say, it's important if you are an engineer/scientist, but if you're aiming towards different things, logarithms are probably something to skip.

Multivariable Functions

A sub-branch of calculus, this seems to have even less use than calculus. Unlike basic calculus, which has use for some things in life, I don't know if it's even used in engineering or architecture at all! If calculus II isn't mind grating enough, hope calculus III puts you in the grave.

Point Slope

This is the most useless thing to learn. Not needed what-so-ever. - CartoonCriticizer

I honestly don't know where or when I'll need to use this.

Okay, so once again, something important for engineering, but let's just face it. I don't really know why it's a mandatory course in middle school, considering its little use in the real world. There isn't much to it. y=mx+b seems easy enough to learn. But expanding on this concept, like a lot of things on this list, is just a painful mind grating task that isn't much use to a lot of other things in life.

The Contenders

Trigonometry

If you're not an engineer then you can forget about where you'd actually use this in real life

Why would you even use this?

Not useful in real life

Its pointless

Long Division

Long Division was only introduced because there was no calculators back at the time so they added it to our school curriculum. I think it is not very important and technology is more advanced so people can calculate it and not have to put thought into it. I think Long Division is really just torture for our brains and takes up too many steps while having no use in the real world unless you are in the classroom. The only thing that it is useful for is when you are attending a school facility. - Call

I'm only putting this at the bottom of the list because it can be only slightly useful. If you don't have or are not allowed to use a calculator, this could help to some extent. But because most schools are allowing calculator use, you could say long division could very well be obsolete. However, for an SAT or ACT, hope you learned long division.

Long division is basic math that we should know how to do. - Chloe21

It's kinda useful, but not all that much.

Statistics

Helpful if you're an economist, otherwise it's just the easier option over taking pre-calculus

Cancer

Quaternions

This used to be something that was incredibly useful for expanding your understanding of complex numbers. Sadly, this concept has been long forgotten, and other methods of understanding complex numbers have been developed over the time. This could be useful, had it not be forgotten.

Derivatives

Useful in finding profits, possibly; no use if you're not handling finances... there are 15+ rules that apply, good luck

Uniform Motion Problems

Why do I need to know how far I travelled after taking my backpack off?

Surds

Completely useless I don't even need to elaborate

Weird word.

Coordinates and Graphs

I am studying to take a doctors degree in astrophysics and I never needed this and probably never will.

Conic Sections
Solving Inequalities

Less than or equal to, greater than or equal to, less than, greater than. No one actually cares

Negative Exponents
Fractional Exponents
Geometry
Pythagorean theorem
Topology
BAdd New Item